Coyote football announces team captains Five student athletes have been named captains for the 2002 South Dakota Coyotes football team. The student athletes were selected in a vote of their teammates during spring football practice.
The captains for the 2002 season will include: Korey Ebel, a 6'3'' 240-pound senior linebacker from Hartley, IA; Justin Martinson, a 5'11'' 184-pound senior defensive back from Inwood, IA; Jimmy Terwilliger, a 6'3'' 287-pound senior offensive lineman from Guthrie Center, IA; Neil Ryan, a 6'4'' 293-pound senior offensive lineman from Cedar Rapids, IA; and Ryan Justice, a 6'2'' 220-pound quarterback senior from Ankeny, IA. Justice and Ebel are both serving their second year as captains for the South Dakota
"These are outstanding individuals that will provide important leadership to our team during the 2002 season," said Coyote head football coach John Austin. "They are exceptional young men who have made a deep commitment to our football program. We are pleased that they have taken on this role," said Austin.
Ebel, who has started 32 straight games dating back to the first game of his redshirt freshman season in 1999, earned second team all-NCC honors a year ago. He was honorable mention all-NCC in 2000. A big play performer, Ebel had an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Minnesota-Duluth on Sept. 8, 2001, which is the second longest interception return in school history. Overall, he recorded 74 total tackles, including 33 solo stops, which was 10th best in the NCC. He had eight tackles for loss in 2001. Ebel had a career-high 14 tackles vs. Minnesota State, Mankato (Nov. 3, 2001).
Justice was elected a team captain for the second straight year. A record-setting quarterback for the Coyotes, Justice currently sits in second place all-time in yards passing with 4,690 (Jason Seurer, 1st, 4,759 yards, 1989-92). He has completed 367 passes in 735 attempts for 4690 yards, 30 touchdowns and 21 interceptions during his first three seasons at South Dakota. Justice has the two top passing seasons in school history, setting a school record by completing 151 of 303 passes for 1,826 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2000.
Martinson, who will start at free safety, recorded 33 total tackles including 14 solo stops, three pass breakups, one tackle for loss (-1), and had an interception for South Dakota during the 2001 season. In 2000, he had five tackles as a backup on defense and member of Coyote special teams. He had 14 tackles, six solo stops and a pass breakup in 1999.
At West Lyon High School, Martinson was a senior captain who earned all-Siouxland Conference honors. He finished his prep career with 1,142 yards rushing on 162 attempts for 7.1 average. Martinson, who lettered twice in wrestling and three times in track, was a member of a 4×100-relay squad
that won a state title. A business major at USD, he is the son of James and Marsha Martinson.
Terwilliger, who was awarded the 2001 USD Offensive Hustle Award, is a two-year starter at left guard. Recently awarded a Student Scholar Athlete honor from the USD Athletics Department, Terwilliger, a mathematics major, was named academic all NCC and honorable mention all NCC following the 2001 season. Terwilliger, who made the transition from the defensive to offensive line in the spring of 2000, recorded 26 tackles, including nine solo stops, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback sacks in 1999.
Ryan, who will start on offense at the center position, is a
two-year starter. He has played guard and tackle on the offensive line, including serving as a top backup at left tackle for the Coyotes in 1999. He is a history major at South Dakota.
A four-year starter, Ryan led LaSalle High School in Cedar Rapids, IA to an 8-3 record as a senior, including a 7-0 district record and a quarterfinal berth in the state playoffs. Ryan earned first team all-state honors from The Des Moines Register along with first team all-Metro and first team all-district honors.
as an offensive lineman. He was named the district's most valuable defensive lineman, collecting 38 solo tackles, 26 assisted, and one quarterback sack.
Selected to play in the North-South Shrine game, he was selected team MVP for LaSalle High. Ryan helped lead his team to a 9-1 record during his junior season. LaSalle High School, led by Ryan, was 7-0 in the district and advanced to the first round of the state playoffs. He was a member of a team that set 15 school records while
averaging 48.0 points per game and a defense that allowed 1,300 total yards. Ryan also was a starting center on the basketball team and a state track meet qualifier in the shot put.